Transgender Boy Wins Texas Girls High School Wrestling Title (Videos)
Mack Beggs, a 17-year-old transgender boy from Euless Trinity High School in Forth Worth, Texas, won the Texas 6A girls wrestling title on Saturday.
Beggs defeated Chelsea Sanchez of Katy Morton Ranch High School in the 110-pound finals after defeating Kailyn Clay of Grand Prairie High School in the semifinals. He finished the season 57-0.
Needless to say, at a time when Texas lawmakers are debating a so-called “bathroom bill,” and the White House is rolling back protections for transgender teens, Beggs’ undefeated season caused plenty of controversy. Numerous opponents voiced concern that testosterone treatments, which Beggs began receiving in 2015 as part of his transition from female to male, gave him an unfair advantage. A number of them forfeited their matches out of protest, including several opponents in the state tournament. Some have even filed a lawsuit against Texas’ University Interscholastic League.
However, Beggs didn’t actually want any of this. He wanted to join the boys wrestling team, seeing as how he identifies as a boy. Unfortunately, the UIL passed a rule in 2016 saying athletes have to compete based on the biological sex indicated on their birth certificate.
Upon defeating Chelsea Sanchez in the finals, a number of spectators cheered loudly. However, there were also a lot of boos. Boos for a 17-year-old kid.
Take a look:
— Polo Sandoval (@PoloSandovalCNN) February 26, 2017
After the match, Beggs didn’t want to talk controversy. He just wanted to talk about his teammates:
Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs talks after winning Texas girls wrestling title pic.twitter.com/H6DFOMhqAm
— Kristie Rieken (@kristieAP) February 26, 2017
Think you would be that gracious and positive after you just got booed like that?
Hat Tip – [USA Today]